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Old 03-08-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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I lived in Roanoke from the time I was born until I was around 12 years old. I am now 29 and would love to live somewhere similar. I'm not entirely sure I want to move back to the same area, so does anyone know of any cities with a similar 'feel' to Roanoke?
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:03 PM
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I lived in Roanoke from the time I was born until I was around 12 years old. I am now 29 and would love to live somewhere similar. I'm not entirely sure I want to move back to the same area, so does anyone know of any cities with a similar 'feel' to Roanoke?
when you say "feel", what are you referring to? Weather? Scenery? Other?
I might be able to make some suggestions if I knew a little bit more about what it is that you are looking for, where you are now, what sort of work you do, etc...
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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Hi, ok, let me see. I love the mountain scenery, but could probably live without it. I'm pretty flexible on weather, except I don't love tons of snow/ice. Basically, I am just looking for a similarly-sized city where you can run into people you know everywhere, reasonable low crime rate, fairly affordable cost-of-living and just a generally easy/friendly lifestyle (at least this is how I remember Roanoke and how it has appeared on my visits since moving, though it may have changed since I lived there).

As for now, I currently live in Louisville, KY; previously in Chicago and Raleigh, among others. I work from home doing legislative analysis (which is every bit as exciting as it sounds : ).
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:08 PM
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the ice and snow clause aside, have you looked at Burlington, VT? That's a great town.
Other than that, it's actually a tough question... it might be tough to find all that we enjoy here in too many other places.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:29 PM
 
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Hi, thanks, I may check out Vermont. My great-aunt, who still lives in Roanoke, is trying to convince me that rather than trying to find a similar city, I should just move back to Ro, as it does seem to have much of what I am looking for. My main concern is that I will be in a definite minority being a late 20s/early 30s (depending on when the move occurs) single with no children. She doesn't think this is an issue, and, while I don't need a booming scene by any sense, I also don't want to find myself in a "what's wrong with you?" environment. Perhaps I should visit the valley again with the eyes of a potential new(again) resident, instead of a visitor.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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Hi, thanks, I may check out Vermont.
You will be taxed to death and buried under snow 6 months out of the year.

Don't bother.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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Asheville, NC or Greenville, SC?
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:45 AM
 
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Just curious, why don't you want to move back?
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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It isn't that I don't want to move back, I just thought it might be fun to try out someplace new. Returning to VA is something I am certainly considering--especially since I would probably rent initially and could always leave if I were not happy for whatever reason.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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